True Tales of a Traveller is a series of short stories consisting of several dozen traveller’s tales covering over three decades. Although presented in a short story format for reading convenience, these stories are not fiction. Apart from some of the characters’ names which have been changed to protect their identities, everything in these stories is true. These stories do not all fit neatly into the ‘travel story’ genre, although some will indeed meet most readers’ expectations in this regard. Others are simply adventures - or misadventures - that happen to have taken place in various different countries. The first of this series of stories is called Goodbye Sinai, which is set in 1982, at the time of Israel’s return of the Sinai peninsula to Egypt.
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Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite True Tales of a Traveller: Goodbye Sinai by Alix Lee takes us on a journey to early 1980s Israel, where he works at several kibbutzim or communal villages. He meets people who have also come from other countries to work at kibbutzim as well. Several reasons for doing this, as stated by the author, include work experience and a little romance. The main mode of travel for these adventurous manual laborers is hitchhiking, and they manage to travel to Sinai before it changes hands. There are lessons to be learned about intercultural communication and along the way we are given some historical background into how the political situation then came about. Will Alix find the experience and romance he is seeking while staying safe in a volatile situation? True Tales of a Traveller: Goodbye Sinai by Alix Lee smacks of exotic adventure that many of us would like to experience but may fear because of its unfamiliar territory, or because we fear being too far away from the basic comforts and predictability of home. The author takes us on a foray into an Israel that no longer exists, due to political decisions, conflict, and changes in international borders. We are grateful for its historical significance but maybe a little sad at the upheaval and increased dangers of living and traveling freely through that part of the world. This is a very brief tale, but the author has published other tales of journeys to far-off places so that we can tag along on.